Few industries face the level of global competition that manufacturing does. To compete and realize the promise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers are increasingly embracing digital transformation. Evolving the business -- from the manufacturing floor to the sales office -- requires a holistic effort that requires a smart IT roadmap strategy and effective execution. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at the digital transformation journey of several manufacturers and how it has benefited their productivity, efficiency and ultimately their strategic market position.
Container security was top of mind this week as Kubernetes announced the results of its first security audit. The review looked at Kubernetes 1.13.4 and found 37 vulnerability issues, including five high-severity issues and 17 medium-severity issues. We are happy to report that fixes for these issues have already been deployed.
From luxury to grocery, the retail war continues. While some would say we’re witnessing a retail apocalypse, others contend it’s really the death of the boring middle. (HT Steve Dennis) With a vision to innovate and extend its leadership in this competitive environment, the DevOps consulting team at Flux7 was approached by our newest customer, a top 50 global retailer. Today’s blog is the story of how Flux7 DevOps consultants teamed with the retailer to create a platform for scalable innovation.
As more companies look to modernize their systems, the skills gap becomes even more pervasive. With both legacy and cloud-native development skills scarce, application modernization service suppliers can help customers accelerate cloud migration strategies. Enter the latest report from Forrester to help enterprises navigate the primary segments and capabilities of application modernization and migration services providers and to inform their selection strategies.
A recent IDC survey of the Fortune 1000 found that the average cost of an infrastructure failure is $100,000 per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime per year is between $1.25 billion and $2.5 billion. Our most recent customer relies heavily on its eCommerce site for business and knowing the extreme costs of infrastructure failure to its business, turned to the benefits of cloud-based DevOps. The firm sought to increase uptime, scalability, and security for its eCommerce applications by refactoring them for AWS DevOps.
What do factories have to do with DevOps? Consider that the introduction of factories vastly improved society’s ability to manufacture goods, replacing a system where each component of a product needed to be individually created by a craftsman. In contrast, factories introduced parts that were machine-created to such precise specifications that they became interchangeable and as a result ushered in an era of mass production. In much the same way, factories replace the individual craftsmanship of our Operations and Development employees, replacing their time-consuming construction of individual cloud components with a factory that can quickly create precise and secure IT artifacts.
Join us at the IDC CIO Perspectives conference in Ft. Worth as G6 Hospitality CIO, Jessie Burgess, and Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, present at CIO Perspectives on “How G6 Hospitality Leads Business Transformation through IT Agility”. As a recognized leader in the economy lodging segment for more than 55 years, G6 Hospitality is in the midst of a major transformation of its technology platform that aims to keep its competitive edge while building on the iconic heritage of its Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands.
We recently had the opportunity to work with a publicly traded media organization to enable blue/green and rolling restart deployment pipelines for its customer-facing website. Part of a larger effort to replatform its entire data center with hundreds of applications, the website is moving from on-premise to the public cloud. (See our blog, DevOps Adoption Case Study: Developing an AWS Cloud Migration Path for additional background.) Running Amazon EKS in AWS, the overarching goal of the project is to increase this organization’s agility, assuring uptime and high availability of the website as it is the company’s revenue engine.
A new year is a time for new beginnings; yet many organizations are kicking off the year with an ongoing search for talent that will aid them in their cloud migration. According to a recent survey by OpsRamp, 94% of polled IT organizations have experienced challenges finding candidates with the right skills and experience, noting that it can often take longer than a month to find suitable candidates. And the skills gap had 25% waiting three months or more to find skilled candidates. The most sought after skills in 2018 are likely no surprise...
According to research by IDG, 2018 saw a continued investment in the cloud by organizations big and small, with 73% of enterprises running at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure, in the cloud. Another 17% say they plan to do so within the next 12 months. Moreover, more than one-third of IDG’s surveyed executive technology leaders feel pressure from the business to execute a complete cloud migration. The overarching goals of such a cloud migration: speed IT service delivery, increase agility, enable business continuity, and improve the customer experience.
On the heels of AWS releasing a slew of new service features at its re:Invent show last week, DevOps tools providers are wrapping up the year with a few DevOps news announcements worth note. As 2018 begins to wind itself down, end of year surveys are begin to appear. Portworx shared the results of its recent survey, the 2018 Annual Container Adoption Survey in which it found that, “four out of five enterprises are now
Consumers increasingly expect digital offerings from companies they do business with. Both B2B and B2C customers are placing increasing pressure on organizations to digitize and modernize their offerings. Yet, knowing where and how to begin can be a challenge, especially for large enterprises who face these pressures across product lines and must be able to answer ongoing questions of security, compliance and risk management in their cloud computing migration strategy.
With half of enterprises reporting that they have implemented and are looking to expand DevOps within the enterprise--according to Forrester Research’s Global DevOps Benchmark--it’s important to follow those steps sure to lead to success. We’ve been sharing details behind a proven seven step process, and today we’ll highlight how an organization which has set the foundation for transformation operates in the world of DevOps at scale.
Moving to DevOps can be difficult and every organization faces its own particular set of challenges. Join us in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, November 6th as top DevOps experts from AWS, New Relic, and Flux7 present a free, half-day workshop on proven and practical steps you can take today to accelerate your DevOps transformation.
Print is the new digital and no one proves that more than one of our most recent customers who is a brand-name publishing house. Embracing a digital-first business model, this publisher’s IT, development and security teams sought to significantly reduce their on-premise footprint, moving to Docker and AWS. As part of its move, the need for a secret management solution was identified and we were happy to get the call to help address the company’s need with the Flux7 SmartStart for HashiCorp Vault.
It’s not an understatement to say that uptime for this provider’s emergency communications services, can spell the difference between life and death. Communicating with people during critical events to keep them safe, informed and connected, this company had a need to maintain its 100 percent up time, security and availability as it grew. The DevOps team here at Flux7 were glad to take the call to give them a hand.
With competitive pressures demanding organizations innovate and bring new products and services to market faster, we’re seeing more and more enterprises moving to the cloud for IT modernization that maximizes the benefits of DevOps automation. Interestingly, Chef this week shared results of a recent survey it conducted finding a dramatic shift to the cloud among its survey respondents.
The idea of the trading floor conjures images of people in funny jackets gesticulating wildly and madly scribbling on notepads when they aren’t shouting orders. Yet, this hectic vision of a trading floor is slowly becoming a relic of the past as trading goes virtual and traders handle more and more business through the Internet. In this new paradigm, those trading firms who are primed for speed have a clear advantage. As a result, we recently had the opportunity to work with an investment firm who was looking to gain competitive advantage by migrating its on-premise systems to AWS with a goal to grow the robustness of its trading, analysis and financial management functions while maintaining a secure posture -- all without breaking the bank. Read on for this AWS migration case study.
Your IT modernization news kicks off this week with VMWorld. At the show VMware previewed a variety of new technologies, the furtherment of its multi-cloud support, and launched a new solution that will help VMware Cloud Provider partners transition to multi-cloud. The new solutions are designed to help its partners deliver a VMware-based software-defined data center.
Last week we shared with you the story of an enterprise media group’s IT modernization project in which it had determined an AWS cloud migration was the ideal path. While we previously shared the company’s overarching migration strategy (and the approach it took to develop that strategy), today we’ll dive into one specific set of applications, sharing how the Center of Excellence (COE) addressed the technical challenge of migrating over 100+ Java applications to AWS.
Flux7 had the opportunity to work with an enterprise media group on its IT modernization project in which it had determined an AWS cloud migration was the ideal path. The challenge faced by the customer and Flux7 DevOps team was that the customer was under pressure to move these applications, which numbered into the hundreds, to AWS within one year. Today’s blog is the story of how we partnered with the customer to develop a migration approach for its ongoing AWS DevOps adoption.
As part of our ongoing blog series on DevOps adoption, we’ve touched on the topic of migrating systems to the cloud as it helps codify DevOps best practices via an ecosystem of tools steeped in IT process automation. Today we’ll dive a little deeper into the topic of cloud migration, exploring in greater depth the topics of replatforming, refactoring, how the two compare, and when you might favor one approach over the other.
As part of our ongoing blog series on DevOps adoption motivators and best practices, we recently shared Seven Lessons for a Successful DevOps Pilot in which we touched on the criticality of choosing the right team to staff your DevOps pilot. In today’s blog, we will dive deeper into our recommendations for the ideal team size, composition, and the roles each team member should play.
The cloud is changing the way we talk and think about IT and the leading cloud proviers are consistently transforming cloud computing to bring even greater depth and maturity of services to IT organizations in their pursuit of IT modernization. Each year Gartner takes a step back from this cycle to look at the cloud infrastructure market, helping organizations who are both new and existing cloud users analyze the state of the market and vendors therein.
This article originally appeared on Forbes.
With more and more infrastructure and applications moving to the cloud in support of digital transformation, one of the decisions enterprises must confront is the best approach to cloud migration for long-term success. While some favor a lift and shift model, others come down on the side of replatforming or even a refactoring approach. However, there is no single path to success. And, indeed, a hybrid approach is often the ideal answer.
In our last article we discussed how to smartly select a pilot project to prove out the benefits of a DevOps organization. As you begin to put your DevOps adoption plan in place, one thing that should be included -- regardless of the project chosen -- is a Landing Zone. As you transition from a traditional Development - IT Operations framework, the Landing Zone is important as it provides needed efficiency, standardization, and governance.
For organizations facing competitive pressures that drive them to DevOps adoption, it is critical that they correctly choose, scope and evangelize a ‘right-sized’ pilot project to start their IT transformation. As sherpas for many organizations who travel this path, at Flux7 we’ve learned many DevOps best practices -- as well as things to avoid along the way. As you look to create a successful DevOps pilot with sustaining impact, please join us as we share seven important lessons learned.
At Flux7, we ask every customer their motivation for DevOps adoption and a potential move to the cloud. Curious if the pundits’ thoughts on the topic resonated with our customers’ experience, we recently analyzed the answer to this question across our customer base, which consists of Fortune enterprises as well as mid-enterprises in a wide variety of industries. What we found was fascinating and informative. The majority of organizations were motivated to DevOps adoption as a result of pressure on the business from customers, competitors or other outside forces.
When it comes to the most popular tools and technologies for IT Modernization and cloud computing, this week’s news rules them all. As you’ll see, this week saw the announcement of Linux Ubuntu 18.04, by far the most popular cloud OS, according to research by The Cloud Market. In fact, it’s so popular that it is chosen at a rate of almost 2:1 of the next four OSs combined. AWS also continued to prove its rank as the leading cloud provider as it released its Q1 earnings.
A cloud migration, and the ability to take advantage of cloud benefits such as greater agility, scalability and enhanced security, is often seen as a primary way that organizations can positively affect change and create greater productivity at optimized cost. Yet, there are many approaches to large-scale cloud migration, which can be overwhelming, especially for large enterprises with a myriad of business-critical applications. As a result, Flux7 has created a series of short papers designed to walk readers through creating a custom approach to their own cloud migration strategy, in support of strategic business change.
Read the full paper here, and read on for highlights of what’s to come.
As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, we are often asked about using the Kubernetes container management system within AWS. While Google created Kubernetes (K8s), Google’s Cloud Platform is generally seen as a better fit for running K8s clusters. However, until the recent re:Invent announcement of EKS, KOPS, the Kubernetes project for managing production-grade K8s clusters, was the best tool to deploy and manage K8s clusters in AWS. Which brings us to the topic of today’s blog, a customer story of how we used KOPS to run AWS-based K8s clusters. Stay tuned for the second part of today’s AWS case study in which we discuss the details of doing so with Ubuntu CIS benchmark images.
Any journey begins with a first step and that’s exactly the approach this financial service firm had in mind when they asked the AWS experts at Flux7 to come in and help. Specifically, the IT team wanted to start with a small project that would set them up for future success. Using Flux7’s Enterprise DevOps Framework, we were able to help them focus on an achievable first step, the migration of their Atlassian stack to AWS, with a longer term roadmap. Read on as we share this AWS case study.
We recently had the opportunity to work with a pharmaceutical company that is breaking new ground when it comes to treatments for life-threatening ailments like cancer. Seeking to innovate across the organization -- from R&D to IT -- this company reached out to the DevOps team at Flux7 to help it migrate its Cloudera Hadoop-based analytics systems to AWS. Specifically, the vision was to take all of its diverse data sets to the cloud, establishing a highly available and secure environment where the firm could conduct data modeling and data analysis while protecting sensitive data and ensuring GxP and HIPAA compliance. Read on for the full AWS case study.
We are excited to announce that one of our customers, TechnipFMC, a world leader in project management, engineering, and construction for the energy industry, has been featured as an AWS case study. TechnipFMC had a specific challenge they were looking for help with when they called the AWS consultants at Flux7. Specifically, they were looking to ensure security and compliance for its global sites and the perimeter networks that support its client-facing applications.
As an Austin, TX based DevOps consulting firm, we work often with organizations in the energy space, empowering them to directly address business drivers and see their ideas come to life with the application of modern technology. So it was in this vein, that we were approached by a publicly traded, global solar company who wanted to use a cloud migration as an opportunity to overhaul its business processes. (You can read the full case study here.) Specifically, they were looking to use the opportunity to grow developer agility, gain global access for their workers and to save on capital expenses while maintaining compliance and building-in standardization.
We have been working closely with a customer who is undergoing a business transformation. As a multimedia equipment manufacturer, the organization has a loyal following of its high quality devices. However, like many companies facing the convergence of markets and new customer demands, the company has embarked on a metamorphosis. Traditionally very focused on hardware, their software was largely ignored even though it offered customers real value. Part of the company’s transformation was a move to treat their software like a full-fledged offering, rather than a free supplement. An upcoming product release marked the first (and biggest steps), in cementing this change in company direction.
There are many reasons an organization might choose Amazon Aurora over the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Superior performance, greater scalability, and the ability to restart without losing cache are just a few. However, for those organizations who are already running an important application or Website on top of the RDS managed service, it can be a challenge to migrate from it to Aurora, despite the latter’s obvious benefits. After all, you can’t just take down a service that customers expect access to 24x7.
For the past few days we’ve been reviewing the most widely read themes of 2016 here on the Flux7 blog. In case you are just joining us, we’ve already discussed the benefits and challenges of containers, configuration management, and Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) in an AWS DevOps environment. Wrapping it all together, we end our Best of 2016 series with our most talked about articles on Amazon cloud computing.
Container technology was a well-read topic on the Flux7 blog in 2016, joining our blog on Continuous Integration Best Practices(CI/CD) and AWS Configuration Management as subject areas that received the most attention from our readers. From hardening containers to container based cloud migration frameworks and Docker-based microservices architecture, our DevOps consultants published a great deal of analysis, advice and best-practice approaches to help our readers achieve success with containers in AWS.
At this year’s re:Invent, Flux7’s CEO, Aater Suleman, had the great pleasure of presenting with Hemanth Jayaraman, Rent-A-Center’s director of DevOps. (You can watch the full presentation here.) We shared with the audience the story of how we worked with Rent-A-Center to help them address their challenge to architect, deploy, and manage a mission-critical SAP Hybris ecommerce platform that could scale to 6+ million users a month.
When you look at Docker adoption today, it’s almost hard to believe that it was only a little over three years ago that the open source project was launched. In that time, there have been more than 5.4 billion Docker downloads. We are proud to say that we were early adopters of Docker containers, using them first in a project in early 2013 as a multi-tenant solution. Since then we’ve been big advocates and our solutions have been featured twice at DockerCon, Docker’s annual user conference.
At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas last week, we had the opportunity to present a Flux7-powered case study of a successful containerized migration to AWS. As part of the session, “Getting Technically Inspired by Container Powered Migrations”, Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, shared Flux 7’s recent work with Rent-A-Center to perform a Hybris migration from their datacenter to AWS.
AWS has announced a new service that simplifies and streamlines the process of migrating existing virtualized applications to Amazon EC2. Joining AWS’s Database Migration Service and Service Discovery, AWS Server Migration Service simplifies the migration process by allowing users to incrementally replicate live VMs to the cloud, in the process removing the need for lengthy maintenance periods that previously may have taken critical systems offline longer than the business has tolerance for. In the process, AWS makes its service that much more attractive -- and sticky -- by allowing users to quickly and easily migrate to AWS for free.
AWS has announced the arrival of a new US East Region in Ohio. This invokes two important questions for AWS users, namely is the new Ohio Region a better choice for my organization? And, if so, should I switch over to it? The answer to both questions really depends on where your organization is located. Let’s take a look at how you can practically examine the fit of the new Ohio Region given your specific location.
It’s rare to find the business that isn’t grappling with growing business pressures, whether it’s business competitors becoming more effective through the use of emerging technologies, growing global competition, and even the increased effectiveness of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Those organizations that learn how to not only embrace emerging technologies, but master them, are going to be the victors in the immediate years ahead.
As AWS consultants, we have helped a wide variety of clients make the transition to Amazon Web Services (AWS) through a migration. Inevitably, one of the more complex and time consuming phases of AWS cloud architecture planning is helping the enterprise get its arms around the assets it intends to migrate and making a plan based upon that data. Luckily, Amazon recently announced a new service called Application Discovery that helps expedite the process and make it much easier to dig in and begin planning.
Enterprises are migrating critical infrastructure to AWS at increasingly rapid rates and seeking to partner with experts to help speed migrations and reduce the risks of adopting this new technology. Late last week AWS announced its official migration competency partners and Flux7 is on the list, chosen for our deep experience and proven ability in helping businesses move successfully to AWS.
The future of pharmaceutical companies is changing. From new ways to develop and extend the use of drugs, to direct patient communication, digital pharma is coming. Many industries have seen a surge in digital business models, but pharma has generally been seen as lagging, burdened by regulation, economic factors and traditional processes.
Last week, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of larger and faster Elastic Block Storage Volumes, something we’ve been looking forward to since the original announcement at re:Invent 2014. AWS continues to add rich features to their platform and it can be difficult to stay on top of them, and understand which new capabilities are going to impact an individual business, and how.
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You Can’t Afford Cheap!
Some people always try to do things on the cheap. They will always pick the least expensive way of doing something. They consider the lowest cost as being the most important metric when it comes to any particular job.
This is the story of rapid deployment of an ecommerce store using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Bitnami. Our Flux7 AWS Migration consultants installed Magento and hosted it on AWS.
Just this month, Google made headlines for offering a $100,000 cloud credit for startups. As a startup, did that get your attention? The Google Cloud Platform for Startups is a program opened to early-stage startups. The can qualify for a $100,000 credit and 24/7 support.
This week, we’re starting a new project with a client who is laser-focused on improving the performance of its website. This ecommerce company knows its customers won’t stand for slow load times. And, a poor-performing site can damage its search rankings, risks it doesn’t want to take.
Small and large businesses alike are increasingly migrating their mission-critical business functions to the cloud. They are increasingly linking their success and business agility with their ability to maintain high-performance websites and services.
While cloud service providers strive to maintain 99.9% uptime rates, risk still exists. They are in regard to service providers and related to how a business’ cloud infrastructure is architected and maintained.
It’s making both business and trade headlines. You are reading all about it every day. What is it? The constant and steadily increasing buzz from organizations of all sizes about the business advantages and possibilities of adopting a cloud infrastructure.
No doubt, the cloud is increasingly seen, not just as a way to cut the costs of hardware, but as a way to drive business growth.
However, there’s still an element of fear, uncertainty and doubt about migrating a business’ infrastructure to the cloud. It tends to haunt business leaders and IT alike.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said: “The only thing that is constant is change.” No truer words have ever been spoken, And, your business is no exception here.
New technologies are constantly replacing older ones. We are in the era of technology advancements. And, this defines the existence of businesses.
Against the backdrop of repeated and well-publicized data and privacy breaches, businesses are continuing to evaluate cloud benefits against cloud computing disadvantages. The tradeoffs are difficult: streamlined, cost effective infrastructure vs. loss of control.
But cloud infrastructure is not sorcery or black magic. While you can expect a whole new level of automation features out of the cloud, expecting the cloud to automatically fix issues for you is unreasonable.
The cloud has come a long way over the past few decades. What was once a dream is now achievable for most businesses.
In August 2013, Wired wrote a controversial article that focused on why some startups were getting away from the cloud and returning to on-prem solutions … all because of costs. The end of cloud-based startup infrastructure, however, wasn’t near. In fact, one of the challenges cited in the Wired article -- costs -- got easier to deal with this year with falling prices. Read our blog on what the AWS price cut means to you.
We continue to see a steady stream of startups moving to Amazon Web Services [AWS] from other providers. No doubt, AWS is difficult to beat for costs, stability, and its robust tool set.
We love Amazon. We also recognize, along with industry research groups like Gartner, that Amazon is the cloud leader in regard to its scalability, security, flexibility and costs.
But, there is a downside to Amazon. And many organizations are discovering it too late in the game and exposing themselves unnecessarily to business risks.
Amazon is by far the market leader with more than five times the computing capacity of the other 14 competing providers. The Amazon platform breadth and depth means it can support sophisticated, scalable applications. It’s globally available and can be integrated effectively with on-prem data centers to provide hybrid cloud support.
What’s more, Amazon continually upgrades its
infrastructure. It provides new services and improves its pricing models, which, when managed properly, can significantly reduce costs.
So, what is Amazon’s weakness?
Code Spaces. Its story is sending shivers up and down the spines of businesses and developers alike, and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean it should stop the progress of cloud migration or significantly change your strategy. In fact, the story brightly shines a light on an issue that is avoidable, and serves as a warning of what can happen in the complex world of cloud architecture.
The current trends in technology indicate that more than 60% of the businesses use cloud computing for their IT operations. Among the various cloud service providers, Amazon Web Services [AWS] is a pioneer and continues to be a leader in the cloud market.
Amazon has changed the face of the world of startups with its cloud services. Now it’s possible for two men in a garage to set up large computer clusters for zero capital cost.